ice wine

plural ice wines

Definition of ice wine

: a sweet wine made by pressing frozen grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine before being harvested : eiswein Records indicate the first ice wine pressing occurred in the German region of Franconia, in 1794, when an unusually early frost greeted surprised vintners with a frozen crop of grapes.— Jeff Morgan One of the world's most exotic potions is ice wine, a delicious sweet wine that is rare, difficult to make and eagerly sought by connoisseurs. It is the product of frozen grapes intentionally left on the vines long after the normal harvest and then harvested after a solid frost.— Terry Robards

Examples of ice wine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wineries include Vignoble de Orpailleur, producing a sparkling wine using the traditional Champagne method, ice wine, and both red and white varietals. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "COVID Grounded This Airline Pilot — so He's Using His Sommelier Skills to Host Virtual Wine Tastings," 26 Mar. 2021 Debonne Vineyards in Madison won double gold for an unoaked Chardonnay, gold for ice wine, and silvers for Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Marc Bona, cleveland, "4 Northeast Ohio wineries win awards at San Francisco wine competition," 10 Mar. 2021 Whatever the challenges, British Columbia winemaking has come of age from the time when it was known for cloyingly sweet ice wine produced from frozen grapes. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Canada’s Napa Valley Seeks Elusive Audience: Canadian Wine Drinkers," 19 Sep. 2020 Port and port-style wines fall under the broader umbrella of the dessert wine category that includes ice wine, sauternes and late harvest renditions of rieslings or zinfandels. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "This isn't your grandpa's port. These Arizona wineries are aging the next big thing," 19 Aug. 2020 Heat and drought conditions put Germany’s crops at risk—including, perhaps, ice wine grapes. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Warm Winter Left Germany Unable to Produce Its Famed Ice Wines," 5 Mar. 2020 The resulting 2018 ice wine is everything Mr. Jung had hoped. New York Times, "Warming Winter (Almost) Cuts Off a Sweet Wine Tradition in Germany," 3 Mar. 2020 Vineyard owners also face the risk that grapes set aside for ice wine will rot on the vine before the hard freeze comes. Fox News, "Warm winter ruins German ice wine harvest for first time in recorded history," 2 Mar. 2020 Warm winters have cut into ice wine production recently, the institute said; in 2017, only seven producers managed to make it, and only five managed in 2013., "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 1 Mar. 2020

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Ice wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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